January 23, 2021

“Counting sex has always been persecuted”

Madrid, Jan 13 (EFE) .- “Counting sex” and “narrating the body” has always been persecuted, says the writer and journalist Luna de Miguel, who nonetheless considers that women currently have more instruments to be able to speak and write about your sexuality and your pleasure.

And this is what Luna Miguel does in “Caliente” (Lumen), a memory book, a mixture of essays, diary and novels in which she talks about the desire for plural love and literary creation and in which she also includes surveys and interviews carried out to a hundred women about masturbation and pleasure.

In her reading there are texts by authors who, like her, have written about sex and affective relationships outside the norm, among them Annie Ernaux, Hilda Doolittle, Cristina Morales, Chris Kraus, Marvel Moreno, Anaïs Nin or Marina Tsviétaieva. And he assures that, through “Caliente”, he has wanted to pay tribute to “the line of writers who risked everything with their proposals.”

But along with the voices of these writers, Luna Miguel (Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, 1990) explains in an interview with Efe that she also wanted to include anonymous voices in her book, women of different ages and geographical origins, of whom she has received messages “very hard but also of hope”.

Surveys and interviews in which he has verified how the “shame” to talk about pleasure disappears when someone reaches out and highlights: “We want a playful sex, a feminism of enjoyment.”

The book also includes “slightly” an episode that she lived when she was 14 years old with a man 30 years older than her and that, she points out, she already addressed through fiction in her first novel “Lolita’s funeral”, which deals with the abuse of a minor in a high school by a teacher: there “I blurted out everything I thought and the character’s anger filtered out my anger,” he recalls.

“As in this book I have counted moments of pleasure, it was also necessary to count some moments of pain to explain why it is important to know our pleasure, because if we know our pleasure we know our limits and we can start talking about our consent,” he says.

Ablation is another of the issues addressed in this book, where he recalls that, according to data from the World Health Organization, in the world, in the 30 countries where it is still practiced, there are currently more than two hundred million girls and women that have been mutilated.

But he also writes about another type of genital mutilation “hidden under the guise of ‘intimate surgery’. What used to be religious pretexts, ancestral rituals, are now strict canons of beauty,” warns Luna Miguel.

And is that “ugliness”, indicates, is a mechanism of oppression: “that is something that women learn especially early.”

The writer opts for “x” as a written formula to avoid the express mention of gender because, she says, this spelling is “more striking and hurts the eyes more.

“This way of damaging language reminds us that language also hurts us and also reminds us that language is in constant change”, Luna Miguel emphasizes.


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